Person at El Paso veterans facility apparently shoots doctor, kills self
January 06, 2015
The person who caused a lockdown at an Army hospital in Texas apparently shot and wounded a doctor before taking his or her own life, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke confirmed Tuesday.
The William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso was placed on lockdown shortly before 4 p.m. local time after reports surfaced that there was an active shooter on the grounds.
John Meza, a communications director for O’Rourke, whose district includes El Paso, said army personnel believe the person found dead on the hospital grounds is the gunman. He declined to comment further.
The identities of the shooter and the doctor, as well as the doctor’s condition, were not immediately clear.
Nearby Fort Bliss was not locked down, said base spokesman Gil Telles.
“If it’s an active shooter, there’s been some gunplay, I guess,” Telles said. “We can’t confirm what’s going on at this point.”
O’Rourke, a Democrat who has championed veteran issues, offered words of support to hospital staffers on his Twitter account.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women at the El Paso VA clinic,” he wrote.
(Staff writer Matt Pearce contributed to this report.)
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Ryan Parker and James Queally, Los Angeles Times